Agence France Presse
CAIRO: Dozens of Egyptians protested across the country on Tuesday because they were unable to get their share of subsidized bread, police said.
The protests followed a supply ministry decision to limit the distribution of subsidized bread to holders of a new system of digital cards issued by the ministry, media reports said.
The new system replaces paper documents, and is designed to allow stricter state control and oversight to ensure no subsidized flour is stolen by bakeries.
The protests took place in the provinces of Alexandria, Kafr el-Sheikh, Minya, Assiut, with a small demonstration also taking place in Cairo, officials said, requesting anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters.
In Alexandria, angry protesters gathered outside the ministry's offices, an AFP photographer said.
Ministry officials declined immediate comment on the protest reports.